By Our Correspondent
BLACKFACE has laid its hands on the facts that prompted the nationâ€™s judicial ombudsman, Â Nigerian Judicial Commission (NJC) to sack three judges from service.The trio, Mohammed Yunusa, Olamide Oloyede and one other unnamed judge were last week dismissed after the NJC concluded hearing into several complaints of misconduct filed against them by petitioners.
Of the three, only Oloyede was on the employment of Osun State while the two were of the Federal High Court.
On his part, Justice Yunusa was summarily dismissed for granting an interlocutory injunction stopping the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from investigating and arresting Senator Stella Oduah who is under the radar of the commission.
The NJC in exercising its disciplinary powers affirmed that Justice Yunusa received bribes and kickbacks from complainants and defendants and even went on to write two separate yet conflicting judgments in a particular case.
BLACKFACE also gathered exclusively that Justice Oloyede, had a terrible case proven against her as the NJC was convinced by the overwhelming evidence of misconduct against her by those who petitioned it.
While in service, Oloyede had written a petition to Osun State House of Assembly against Governor Rauf Aregbesola, calling for a thorough and credible investigation of allegations of a deliberate and criminal mismanagement of the economy of the state under his watch.
Specifically, she asked the members of the House of Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against the governor and his deputy.
When the House moved to entertain the petition, Justice Oloyede failed to honour the invitation of the investigative panel set up to look at the allegation but in the end, the petition was eventually thrown out of the Assembly for lack of evidence.
BLACKFACE however gathered that the NJC in reviewing the petition against her upheld the position of the petitioners, saying that â€œa judicial officer whether serving or retired cannot appear in court to defend a client, he cannot take brief as a solicitor or advocate, even where he is allowed to defend himself, he cannot sit in the bar or wear wig and gown.
â€œHe cannot act as an arbitrator, despite how honourable the profession of a legal practitioner is. He cannot grant press interviews, write petitions such as this one (Exhibit A), campaign politically, accept gifts, seen in parties spraying money, involved in physical brawl, accepting chieftaincy titles, which are extrajudicial conducts.â€
The petitioners, Osun Civil Societies Coalition had written in their petition that, â€œThe rational and reason behind the above polices is to protect and preserve the sanctity and respect for the judiciary and the person of a judicial officer not only in his official capacity but also in his personal and private capacity whether serving, retired or removed.â€
The Petitioners claimed Justice Oloyede petition to the Osun State House of Assembly, expose the judiciary to public ridicule and opprobrium.
Sources in the know told BLACKFACE that the NJC UPON thorough examination of Justice Oloyedeâ€™s petition discovered that she has a personal grouse, and an axe to grind with the Governor.
In dismissing Justice Oloyede, it was stated that she overstepped her ethics of office that demands that non-involvement in political matters and that her purpose of sending her petition (Exhibit A) is to disparage the person of the Governor and Government of the State of Osun.
â€œFrom the heading of the petition, it is obvious that the Respondent had a seditious intention of bringing into â€˜hatred or contempt or excite disaffection against the person of the Governor of the State of Osunâ€™â€ the address read.
â€œThe magnitude of the impropriety of words, the dimension of the copious political statement and unsubstantiated allegations and accusations were aimed at deriding, demeaning and undermining the State Government of Osun, the person and character of the Governor, his deputy and aides.â€
In dismissing Justice Oloyede, the NJC established that she knowingly falsified information and presented as facts in her petition to the Osun State House of Assembly, thus acting in a manner unethical and unbecoming of judicial officer.